Froggy Knits

July 30, 2004


Just a little preview of some mags I have recently acquired. Once I got Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton Book Number Two, these kind of fell by the wayside for a bit.

I like the off the shoulder number and I actually wanted to knit the corsage cardi (sans corsage) when I saw it in one of the Jaeger books.

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And are these sweaters cute or what? I love the way the neck and shoulder colors differs from the bottom. And that coordinating scarf on the left is just sweet.

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Also received the latest Knitting.

For my taste, there are not any knit worthy patterns in this issue, but it is a great mag with more to offer. I really like the articles and random bits. And it just has unusual knits like this. It's not my style, but I do a great appreciation for the skill involved in its creation. And it always has some pics that inspire me. Like this hat! It's being worn in one of the pattern pics, but I love the colors and feel inclined to knit a bucket all of a sudden. I know it's not a bucket, but ever since I finished my first bucket, I have been thinking of making one for myself. I was already planning on using denim, but I really like the look of that white stripe. Maybe I'll pick up the ecru color.

Also received the latest Interweave Knits (THIS IS YOUR LAST ISSUE). I had that mad big message cover on top of the cover. Wasn't sure about renewing, but they have a lot of valuable techniques detailed in their issues. Check out that top left hand corner, Grafting Made Easy! Reminds me of this that needs to be attached to that. Maybe I should take that as a hint. Where is that sweater anyway? Once I graft the two ruffles and the usual finishing it will be done. So close yet sooo far away.

Again not too many knits for me, but I am feeling this shawl. It's small in comparison to most shawls and I am thinking I can try out lace work on a smaller scale first. There is also this sweater. I really like the rib action going on.

I also may want to knit this tank. So I picked up the Vogue Knitting Spring Summer 04 before they are all gone.

I subscribe to these mags. My Vogue Knitting was supposed to start with the Spring/Summer issue and it didn't, so I picked that one up. I usually don't buy every issue of a knitting mag, but figured I could just subscribe and receive them all for what I am paying. And of course now that I am getting them, I am not seeing enough patterns that are "me". Figures.

A sleeve and a half later....

Well, I knitted the sleeves separately for Alex and am hoping for some inspiration to finish them. What is it with sleeves?

Posted by froggy at 08:28 PM | Comments (6)

July 29, 2004

Little knits

I just recently started a few little knits. First off is this hat from Jo Sharp Book Two and its humble beginning. I am using the suggested yarn Silkroad Aran Tweed in color 127 Posie.

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Then there is the chenille flower washcloth from Weekend Knitting that was also featured in an issue of Interweave Knits. For some reason, one twist of the wrist became this madness but then it went quickly from ball, a pretty good color representation, to three petals fairly quickly.

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and to answer a few questions from yesterday
This is what I am using for my Klaralund

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It's Noro Silk Garden 84 and I just love it!

I received the little bag pattern free with the purchase of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Baby yarn from Knit Happens. When I spoke to Kristine last night, they had many Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton Hand Knitting Collection: Book Number Two copies in stock.(is that title long enough for you?) They carry Noro Silk Garden among many other yarns that could be used for Klaralund. And they are not currently taking online orders, but yeah baby they SHIP!
Contact the shop for more details.

Here are yarn amounts and gauge for Klaralund
16sts/22rows per 4"/10cm in St st

I've updated my side bar with some Klaralund-Along info, as well as the great news of the DC area kick off. And if you live outside the DC area, why not meet up with other Klaralund-Alongers near you.
(boy did that sound like a commercial or what?)

Sooooo, I've got the yarn, got the pattern, now I just need to get gauge!
Get, get it together
Get, get it together forever and ever
to the tune of Keep It Together - Madonna
Don't deny it. You know you know the tune.
You just can't stop some tunes from popping into your head, lol. Music's really funny sometimes, you know tunes and lyrics whether you want to or not.

Posted by froggy at 05:28 AM | Comments (11)

July 28, 2004


Klaralund Pattern from Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton Book Number Two
You knew it was coming. How can you resist?
Noro Silk Garden, fabulous pattern.
You know you wanna.
Join us. It officially starts in September.
Wendy and I are co-hosting. I have some silk garden that is just waiting to become Klaralund.

In other knits, I am working on this Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Baby Mystery Bag. Why a mystery? Well, I was in Knit Happens and picked up a couple of balls of Cashmerino Baby and Kristine handed me a free pattern that she thought my mini would like. It sounded so cute.
Eyelets and picot bind-off. How could I resist?
I must say it's been so great to just knit. Without a pattern pic to check, it's really been surprisingly nice. I think I must obsess over details in checking and rechecking 'cause it's been a very relaxing knit and I think it is more about not knowing than the pattern.
I really like how the bottom is working out.

I know it doesn't look like much, but when you don't know what going to knit up in your hands, it's quite cool. I have never worked a picot cast off. I think a bit of blocking is what it needs. The above pic is the best color representation of the yarn, but here is my progress so far. It's amazing how sometimes you are one flash away from turning a pink knit into a red one. I'll have to take another photo that really captures the details. There is actually a really nice pattern going on at the top and bottom of the bag. If I had known what it looked like I probably would have stressed about it and made a mistake. Now the true test is to take it to Kristine and see if it remotely resembles the actual bag, lol!

Posted by froggy at 05:28 AM | Comments (12)

July 27, 2004

What I learned ....that I already knew

Last week was not so great knitwise. I decided that I would try concentrating on one knit and see how it is just to work on one item as opposed the many+ that I usually have going. I am so intrigued by those that are able to focus on one knit at a time or even just a couple. And I am always slipping projects onto circs instead of holders and then I can't remember which needles were used since I hardly ever use the suggested needle size. Sometimes I just pick up and knit with the circs noticing quickly that I am knitting with the wrong needles. (I know, I should make notes on my patterns. Knowing is half the battle, right.) So I thought maybe I would try something different.

Well, for me, it was just awful. Most of the time when I had a chance to knit, I just couldn't bring myself to knit on the SAME item that I had JUST knit before. I found myself just picking it up and knitting a row or two (but mostly a row) and then tossing it back in a basket. And I don't think I have ever knitted so little in single sittings. So I guess I don't like concentrating on one knit at a time. Big surprise there....... NOT!

So I have decided to go back to my multi-knit ways. Yeah! Wow, I feel better already! I just may cast on for something else today!

Posted by froggy at 10:49 AM | Comments (5)

July 26, 2004

Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton Book Number Two

Just recently picked up this book from Knit Happens.

These are just a few of my favorites. I just happen to have a little Kochoran in my stash that I will use to make Gesta. And I really want a shawl, however I am not quite ready for lace work yet. But this Sursa is paired up so well with denim and I think I will be able to get a lot of wear out of it.

Gesta and Sursa

Tovesta and Klaralund
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I may be casting on for Klaralund soon. What a beautiful sweater! Definitely my favorite in this book. And that Tovesta bag is a must-knit.

Posted by froggy at 11:16 AM | Comments (15)

July 23, 2004

Sleeves, ugh!

While knitting sleeves I feel that I am constantly counting rows for dec/inc placement or to insure that the sleeves are identical in shape and length. And it seems to go on forever. (I'm sure it would also help if I didn't fumble the inc/dec every now and then. Inc'ing just a bit off in row count when I should inc'ed on the last knit row, not this one. I guess I really count to make sure the fumbles are in the same spot on each sleeve.)

So I have decided that I would knit both sleeves at the same time.

What's wrong with this picture?
Why is one sleeve longer than the other?
I pulled out the same amount yarn from each ball to work. I guess that would explain why the strand of yarn from one ball seemed to get shorter a lot faster than the other. I thought at some point it was moving a bit faster. Yeah, faster when you start working only one sleeve. Duh!

Posted by froggy at 11:16 AM | Comments (12)

July 20, 2004

Made some progress on Alex. This is my first time using Rowan wool-cotton and it is really nice to knit with. Very soft and bouncy. Completed the back

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and I am up to the neck shaping on the front.

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Remind me not to ever take pictures on a navy ottoman. As you can see, I have started working on one side of the neck. And wanting to incorporate my recent knowledge of shorts rows, I have hit a snag. AT THE SAME TIME But luckily Kerrie has schooled me in a great technique of writing it out with remaining stitches at the end of each row. I just need to execute this. I was too lazy to hunt down pen and paper at the park and for some reason don't think my on the fly, figure it out as you go method worked. I have to start putting a little notebook and pen in my knitting bag. So often when knitting out, I end up knitting over. Sometimes the needles move faster than logic (in my brain anyway). Do you sometimes continue knitting when you know you should stop and assess the situation? As I was knitting (and chatting) I was thinking, boy I should really write this out as Kerrie suggested. So I will just have to rip back and knit it the Kerrie-way.

Also made a little progress on Grace. Here's the bottom front. Mohair does not call me often to knit it, but I would like to get some wear out of this piece. I feels so light, but isn't the easiest to work with.

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I'm hanging in there, though. It will just be a slow finish.

I hadn't planned on revisiting it, but was awed by
Mariko's Grace. It is just fantastic.

I have stalled out on Miss Bea's Ting-A-Ling Cardigan. Gotta look up some instructions on grafting. Determined to knit the sleeves top down, I opted to try my hand at grafting the ruffle to the sleeve or figure out how to reverse the ruffle directions. I would like all of the ruffles to be worked in the same fashion insuring a somewhat similar look and I am not quite sure which increases are the opposite of the ssk and k2tog that I worked according to the pattern. And I know I could and should just swatch it and work it out, but at this point learning to graft sounds a lot more appealing. I would like to use graphing in some other knit scenarios, so I guess now is the time to learn.

I know I have seen some very successful grafting techniques at Becky's. I am really amazed by the process and how it can be worked out without the slightest hint of a difference in the rows grafted together(for those skilled at it). Of course I am not expecting a miracle on my first attempt and have realistic expectations that it won't come out like that, but itís definitely something to look forward to. I have heard of using it to lengthen and shorten pieces, but I am hoping that I can just use it to learn how to work with two sets of live stitches in my case and to put them together in one way or another. This would be the right technique to use, right?

Posted by froggy at 02:48 PM | Comments (9)

July 15, 2004

Back to regularly scheduled knitting

Thanks for all the great comments on my latest FO's.
I think I need to get some other projects in motion that have been waiting in wings. Taking the advice of Julia and Georgia, I've decided to knit something for me! No arm twisting needed there, lol.

So I have started on Alex from Rowan Number 31. I'm using Rowan wool cotton which is the suggested yarn in color 902. Pretty straight forward pattern that I hope I can knit without thinking too much about it.

I also want to start using this lunchbox for small projects.

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Look inside. I'd like to have some small projects for the road. It's just too hot to lug a big project around. Inspired by a Weekend Knitting washcloth that I just recently saw at Fo Knits, I packed a skein of lime green and a skein of blue Crystal Palace Yarns Cotton Chenille. And I am excited about swatching for this Phildar tank with Phildar Copacabana in colors 04 and 05 I received in this awesome package from Kerrie. The tank is from the Phildar Evasion...sous le soleil! magazine.

I've made some progress on Miss Bea's Ting-A-Ling cardigan, too.

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I really like the v-neck and the buttons are already on so they don't hold me up in the finishing stages. The sleeves are just waiting on the ruffles and then I can seam that bad boy.

Posted by froggy at 03:44 PM | Comments (18)

July 13, 2004

Is this happening to you?

Are your images being used without your permission?

Did you know that this usage can reduce your available bandwidth that you pay for in order to post images on your site?

While pondering these questions, I decided to go check out
Emma & Co. and was surprised to read this . I didn't realize it was happening to that degree. Can you believe that!

Then I remembered seeing some information on bandwidth theft at midnight knitter. Check out her June 26 entry.
It seems that this is happening often in blogdom.
Hope it's not happening to you.

I don't know about you, but I enjoy posting pics and would definitely like to be blogging about knitting instead of bandwidth theft. But be informed and check out the links. Emma has a link on preventing hot linking of images.

Now on to the next issue. What can I do to stop all this spam from being posted to my site? I try to delete it regularly, but some days I'm just not able to check it and delete it as fast as it pops up. Maybe I should look into delaying comments so I can filter out spam.

Any ideas?

Well, I'm going to go and just "knit over this".

Posted by froggy at 06:34 PM | Comments (4)

July 10, 2004

Ta Daa!

Project Specs:
Pattern: Kate Gilbert's Anouk
Suggested Yarn: Cascade Yarns Pima Tencel
Yarn Used: Lion Brand Cotton-Ease
Needle Size: US 6 bamboo straights
Gauge: 17 sts/4" in St st

This is just a great pattern. There are a million reasons to make another. The first is 'cause my mini loves it. And then there is the fact that it can be a tunic later. I definitely want to make it in a heavier yarn for the winter and want to try out other colors, too. And then there are the pattern pockets that will be on the next one. I added the current pocket first and when I tried to add flower action to the bottom, it just got a little too busy. But I will start with bottom pockets next time around. There will definitely be more Anouks in our future. I couldn't keep her from swinging from side to side in it! Now to decide on the primary color for the next one.

Thanks Kate!

And how about that flower created by fluffa. I adore her pattern!

And yeah, that's a bucket!

Project Specs:
Pattern: ChicKnits Bottoms Up Bucket
Suggested Yarns: Lots!
Yarn Used: Lion Brand Cotton-Ease
Needle Size: US 4 circs
Gauge: 18 sts/4" in St st in the round

The bucket flew so fast I didn't even get a chance to blog about it. It went from cast on to this. And before I knew it I was done. I had planned on just doing the brim because I didn't have double pointed fours to work the top. I was cruisin' with the pattern and just could not put it down. So I ended up working the top with three sets of circulars. I don't recommend it, but it was so funny to work with 3 circs at once. I could barely stop laughing at how it looked with all of the needles swingin' off the top clickin' and clackin'.

Now I gotta make a bucket of my own!

Thanks Bonne Marie!

Posted by froggy at 05:09 AM | Comments (30)

July 07, 2004

Windmill is done!

Project Specs:
Pattern: Miss Bea's Colours Windmill Cardigan
Suggested Yarn: Rowan All Seasons Cotton
Yarn Used: Lion Brand Cotton-Ease
Needle Size: US 6
Gauge: 17 sts/4" in St st

My mini always pokes her finger through buttonholes and they tend to be distorted at best, so when I saw her holding one of the front panels by the buttonhole, I figured I should try reinforcing them. I used Vogue Knitting Quick Reference for creating a two-row buttonhole and finishing buttonholes. I found it quite simple to understand and easy to execute. The buttonholes started out unfinished and ended up finished .I am pretty happy with how they turned out.

As with the other Miss Bea's patterns, I definitely enjoyed it and they are so easy to resize. They go up to size four, but we needed the length for a size six which was easy to add. The chart made it simple to figure out just where I wanted to add extra length in the sleeves and body.

Here it is again in all its unblocked glory and a detailed view as well.

Bye for now!

Posted by froggy at 01:55 PM | Comments (22)

July 05, 2004

More Grace

While looking for my bubblegum cotton-ease, I made a little progress on Grace. She may turn out to be a long term knit. Not so crazy about the mohair right now. But I will pick her up after a couple more projects are moved up from the hold baskets I have around here.

For some odd reason I bound off as the pattern notated instead of using short rows. Since the number of stitches differs from the front on the last rows, I thought my quest for 3-needle bind-off was foiled so what would be the point. But I am hearing that it is a challenge to seam it so the lack of ladders would have probably helped anyway to ease the parts together. The mohair I suspect won't be so easy to rip, so I may need to rethink my approach to this pattern before revisiting.

Posted by froggy at 05:56 AM | Comments (2)

July 02, 2004

Woo Hoo!

Thanks for the sending those hopeful vibes that I would find more cotton-ease bubblegum yarn! I found out that Michaels had yet another location in yet another not so close town and yippee I found 3 more skeins. They were pretty mangled and not in the proper place with the other cotton-ease. It's almost like they were waiting for someone to find them and give them a good home.
Oh, aren't they cute!
And a good home they will have.

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I'm lovin' the short rows again. No ladders on the shoulders and I see three needle bind-off's in my future. And this means I can knit the sleeves down again 'cause Miss Beaís patterns include charts! I have never used charts before these patterns. I thought they were for advanced knitters, but luckily they are not and they make it easy for the not so attentive, kacha every now and again knitter like me. I just can't stop saying how much I love her patterns. Somebody stop me!

Posted by froggy at 08:09 PM | Comments (10)